Why is the ocean salty?

General Interest Publication



All water, even rain water, contains dissolved chemicals which scientists call "salts." But not all water tastes salty. Water is fresh or salty according to individual judgment, and in making this decision man is more convinced by his sense of taste than by a laboratory test. It is one's taste buds that accept one water and reject another.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Title Why is the ocean salty?
Series title General Interest Publication
DOI 10.3133/70159082
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Description 8 p.
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